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APR 2018

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com 2018 Soccer & Lacrosse Fields & Facilities Sourcebook 17 River City Sportsplex - Richmond, Virginia Richmond is known for its arts, food, natural beauty and history. The city is home to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the James River for Class III and IV rapids for kayaks and rafts in an urban park setting. Number of Soccer/Lax Fields: 12 synthetic-turf multipurpose fields (nine are lit and the remaining three will have lighting by summer 2018); future plans include four additional turf fields to create a 16-field complex. Major Soccer/Lacrosse Tournaments: Club Champions League (CCL) College Showcase (soccer), The Jefferson Cup (soccer), Corrigan Sports Summer Rum- ble (lacrosse), IWLCA Champions Cup (lacrosse), IWLCA Capital Cup (lacrosse), Corrigan Sports Rumble in Richmond (lacrosse), Capital Fall Classic (soccer). Year Built/Open: 2011 (privately owned); purchased in 2016 by Chesterfield County Additional Information: One of the largest pods of synthetic-turf fields in the U.S. with 523,000 visitors in 2017. The River City Sportsplex includes ample parking, concessions and restroom facilities, a plaza area for tournament headquarters and vendors, complimentary Wi-Fi, bleachers at each field, a warm-up area and on-site assistance by facility staff. " The River City Sportsplex is within a six-hour driving distance to 30 million people and is conve- niently located near the I-95 corridor, Richmond International Airport and major population centers of the Mid-Atlantic," said Danny Bonifas, sports tourism coordinator, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation. Contact: Danny Bonifas, sports tourism coordinator, Chesterfield County Parks and Recre- ation, (804) 796-7045 or email bonifasd@chesterfield.gov or www.rivercitysportsplex.com National Sports Center - Blaine, Minnesota Blaine is part of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area and offers a diverse range of activities in town or a short drive away. This area is home to more than 60 parks, 140 miles of trails and a variety of restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Number of Soccer/Lax Fields: 52 outdoor grass fields with the potential to add 8 to 12 more fields on land already owned by National Sports Center (NSC). One indoor artificial-turf field. Desig- nated as the Largest Soccer Complex in the World by the Guinness Book of World Records. Major Soccer/Lacrosse Tournaments: The NSC owns and oper- ates 11 soccer tournaments annually. The largest is the Schwan's USA CUP, which is held every July. In 2017, the tournament celebrated its 33rd year by hosting 1,168 teams from 17 states and 15 countries. The USA CUP is the largest soccer tournament in the Western Hemisphere and fourth largest in the world. NSC hosts several lacrosse tournaments each year, including the Major League Lacrosse semifinal games, which were held in 2016. The NSC also runs developmental lacrosse programs and open high school lacrosse indoors during the winter months. Year Built/Open: 1990 Additional Information: The NSC also offers an eight-sheet ice arena, an 18-hole golf course, a cycling velodrome, an indoor Sports Hall and a two-court basketball/volleyball facility. It is the training home of Minnesota United FC. "The NSC is also home of the Blaine Soccer Club, a 3,000-member organization, in addition to a K-4 public school on campus," said Barclay Kruse. Contact: Barclay Kruse, chief communications officer, National Sports Center, (763) 785-5634 or email bkruse@mnsports.org or www.ncsports.org

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